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Parent Update – March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012


Spring break is next week.  Spring break week begins on Monday, March 26th and ends on Friday, March 30th.  School will resume on Monday, April 2nd.

Please note that there will not be a District blog post next week.  Regular weekly blog posts will resume on Wednesday, April 4th

Have a safe and enjoyable break!


High School Head Coach Bill McGrain has resigned from his head wrestling coaching position after twenty-seven years.  Wanting to spend more time with family and take a step back from the program as head coach, McGrain stated it is time for another person to begin a new era in Bulldog wrestling.

“I feel very blessed, fortunate, and proud to have served as the Head Wrestling Coach at Olmsted Falls High School for 27 years,” said Coach McGrain.  “I am in good health and I still love the sport, but felt for many reasons it was time to step aside.”

“The support I have had from my wife Tracey has enabled me to be a head coach for 30 years,” McGrain added.  Mrs. Tracey McGrain was selected as National Head Coaches Wife of the Year in 1996.  “This position also allowed me to coach my two sons here at Olmsted Falls, Zach and Chaz.”

In reflecting on his tenure at Olmsted Falls, McGrain said, “I have enjoyed the challenge of trying to make Olmsted Falls wrestling one of the top programs in the State.”

“I have had many great assistant coaches, families, and administrators to work with throughout the years,” he added.  “I have also had many hard-working athletes here, many who have gone on to become very productive adults, which of course makes me extremely proud.”

Bill McGrain Career Notables:

  • Head Wrestling Coach at Olmsted Falls High School from 1986-2012
  • Inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Selected as Ohio Wrestling Division II Coach of the Year in 1997
  • Career Dual Meet Record 335-58-3
  • Coached 7 Individual State Champions
  • 1 of only 3 Coaches in Ohio History to Coach a State Champion in all 3 Divisions.
  • 12 Top 10 State Finishes
  • 45 State Place Winners
  • 76 Individual State Qualifiers
  • 13 SWC Championship Teams, Voted SWC Coach of the Year 14 Times
  • Three time Greater Cleveland Coach of the Year
  • Plain Dealer Coach of the Year

Another notable accomplishment during Coach McGrain’s tenure was having the pleasure of coaching the only two-time state champion in school history, Ryan Smith.

McGrain hopes to remain involved in the program in some capacity. “The future is bright for the Olmsted Falls wrestling program,” he said.  “There are many accomplished athletes returning next year and I hope to find a way to be a continuing part of their success.”

McGrain added, “Thanks to the many of you who have supported me and Olmsted Falls wrestling throughout the years. Olmsted Falls is a special place and it will always be a big part of me.”

“Coach McGrain has truly personified the Bulldog tradition of excellence during his exceptional career here in Olmsted Falls,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley.  “He has long been held in high regard by players, parents, colleagues, and members of the greater Olmsted community.”

“I want to personally thank Bill for all that he has done for our student athletes and the wrestling program,” added Dr. Hoadley.  “Throughout his coaching career Bill has impacted hundreds of young men in such a positive way and his influence will be felt long into the future.”

Olmsted Falls High School Principal Dr. Bob Hill stated, “Bill had a tremendously successful coaching career at Olmsted Falls High School. For the past 27 years, his knowledge and passion for wrestling have contributed to his many successes and the successes of his athletes. Bill helped mold successful athletes through an unwavering work ethic and by surrounding himself with quality coaches, many of whom wrestled for him at OFHS. Sending athletes to the state competition 24 of his 27 years as head coach defines the success he infused into our wrestling program. We will miss Bill and we certainly wish him well.”

Bill McGrain currently teaches Occupational Work Adjustment at Olmsted Falls High School, and will continue to teach at OFHS in that capacity moving forward.


First Grade Concerts – TOMORROW, March 22nd at OFHS Auditorium.

Performances at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

6:15 p.m. Concert:  Mrs. Schiely, Mrs. Kostraba, Mrs. Burk, Mrs. Deluca, Mrs. Mariotti and Mrs. Patay.

7:15 p.m. Concert: Mrs. Vasco, Miss Sanfilippo, Mrs. Rivera, Dr. Kolozvary and Mr. Simon.


THIS FRIDAY, March 23rd, 7 p.m.
Held at the Olmsted Falls High School Auditorium.
Tickets are $6 and available at the door.

Bring the whole family and enjoy music, songs, dance and fun for everyone! Come cheer on your favorite talent and performance groups.
All proceeds benefit OFHS PTA Scholarships!


Fourteen juniors and seniors from the OFHS Varsity Basketball Boys & Girls Teams have been awarded special recognition for their academic success off the court by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association (OHSBCA).

(L to R) Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Chris DeLisio with OHSBCA Award winning athletes Brandon Friedrich, Jared Kurz, Billy Calabrase, Kenny Hanna and Eric Meehan. Not Pictured: Steve Johnson.

(L to R) Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Matt Fulton with OHSBCA Award winning athletes Jaime Fossen, Abby Nichols, Jessica Koch, Katie Parfejewiec, Allison Gerycz, Amber Black, Allison Duber and Erin Hoadley

OHSBCA acknowledges juniors and seniors within its basketball programs who do well academically. They award seniors with Gold Certificates for keeping a 3.2 GPA over 7 semesters; and they award juniors with Silver Certificates for keeping a 3.2 for 5 Semesters.

The following OFHS seniors have been awarded Gold Certificates:

Varsity BoysJared Kurz and Eric Meehan                                       

Varsity GirlsAmber Black and Katie Parfejewiec

The following OFHS juniors have been awarded Silver Certificates:

Varsity Boys – Billy Calabrase, Brandon Friedrich, Kenny Hanna and Steve Johnson

 Varsity Girls – Allison Duber, Jaime Fossen, Allison Gerycz, Erin Hoadley, Jessica Koch and Abby Nichols

Congratulations again to these outstanding student athletes!  Kudos also to our coaches for consistently stressing the importance of doing well in the classroom and making sure students place a priority on keeping their grades up.  Go Bulldogs!


Falls-Lenox third graders and their families enjoyed last week’s Literacy Night, which was filled with fun and engaging activities for all.   Thank you to all who attended and helped with the event.

Sam, Tyler, and Vickie Lofton

To view the entire gallery of photos from this special Bulldog family event, please click HERE.


Thank you to the Kiwanis who made a donation of books and balls to Falls-Lenox Primary School last week!  The continuous thoughtfulness and generosity of our local Kiwanis Club is most sincerely appreciated by students and staff!


SAVE THE DATE!  Tuesday, April 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the High School, Room W5 (art room, use west side gym entrance).  Student group (grades 6-12)  & Parent group (parent(s) of OFCS student(s) in any grade).

Contact Mariel Krakowiak for additional information or questions: 440-427-6086, mkrakowiak@ofcs.net.


A fundraiser to support travel for the Olmsted Falls Academic Team (OFAT) will be held at Razzles on Friday, April 13, 8-10 p.m. We’ll also have an auction with great items from OF companies, sideboards, and more! Families welcome! Kids under 6 FREE. $20 tickets available from OFAT members, coaches, or at door. Or contact mendykin@aol.com; 440-234-7964.

Thanks for supporting academicsthe key to the future. Did you know our academic team does more than appear on the Academic Challenge TV show? They actually compete most weekends from mid-October through May all over the state and in West Virginia. They’ve already qualified one team to compete at the National Tournament in Atlanta! They need our help to offset travel expenses.

Check out the new Olmsted Falls Academic Boosters Club Facebook page! Post congrats to your student for his/her academic accomplishments. Like us!


Join us on Saturday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of music and dancing as the Olmsted Falls High School BlueDog Jazz Band and Golden Expressions Vocal Jazz Ensemble present their third annual compilation of classic and contemporary hits.  The event includes desserts , dancing, soft drinks, door prizes, basket raffles, and a Grand Raffle for a new IPAD!  All proceeds go to the promotion and enhancement of the music experience for Olmsted Falls music students district-wide.

Tickets are $10 per person; purchase 8 tickets to reserve a table in your name.  For tickets or more information, contact Don Woods ofmamusic@gmail.com 440-915-1241 or Michelle Neudeck neudeck@cox.net 440-596-1802.  Click HERE for the flyer.


A bulldog star has shown exemplary Bulldog Spirit either academically or socially within our school community.

Please click here for this week’s Stars of the Week.


The 2012 Cleveland National College Fair will be held on April 22, 2012 at the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center.  Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and will close at 4:00 p.m.  Over 190 admission representatives will be in attendance from colleges across the nation.  Students are encouraged to pre-register for the fair at the following website:  www.gotomyncf.com

You can download a poster of the college fair with a listing of colleges that will be in attendance by clicking HERE.  If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Tracy: atracy@leaf-ohio.org or Donna Pugh Blevins: Donna.PughBlevins@ndcl.org


Summer School registration for health and physical education classes for current 8th and 9th graders is already underway.

Classes fill up fast! 

For additional information and to download enrollment forms, please click here.


 Olmsted Community Preschool hosts the Easter Bunny at Kiddie Kargo:  This Saturday, March 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., come to the Kiddie Kargo at 8068 Columbia Road for an afternoon of snacks, crafts, an Easter egg hunt, and a visit by the Easter Bunny!  Reservations were requested to have been made by March 15th; please call 440-235-2700 for additional information.  All proceeds go to the Olmsted Community Preschool.  For more information, click HERE.
Boy Scout Troop 201 Fundraiser:  Moosehead Hoof & Ladder will donate 10% of your check to Troop 201 when you dine every Sunday in the month of March between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  This COUPON must be presented to your server for Troop 201 to receive the donation.   Brunch is available on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Troop 201 thanks you for your support!
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, April 1st, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Olmsted Falls High School Cafeteria.  All you can eat!
Please click HERE to download flyer with additional details.

Annual Career Fair Sponsored by Polaris Career Center in collaboration with Cuyahoga County – Wednesday, March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  This annual event typically attracts 100 employers and more than 1,200 job seekers.  Polaris is currently seeking participation from both employers and job seekers.  For additional information, please click here.  For job seeker registration, please click here.  For employer registration, please click here.

TICKETS ON SALE….Olmsted Performing Arts Youth Stage:  There will be a performance of Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids on Friday, April 20th at 7 pm and on Saturday, April 21st at 2 pm and at 7 pm.  The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in this exciting Disney classic!  Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wanna Be Like You.”  Performances will be in the 1,200 seat auditorium at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls.  Advance tickets are available through noon on April 19th at www.olmstedperformingarts.com and are $13 for Orchestra A, $11 for Orchesta B, and $9 for Reserved Seating.  Add $2/ticket at the door.  Lap sitting children ages 3 and under are free.  Plus, join us for a fun-filled, live animal show with renowned animal entertainer Jungle Terry, plus craft and a snack, at our special preshow event 90 minutes before each performance.  Preshow tickets are $15 each.

TICKETS ON SALE….Olmsted Performing Arts Dine with Royalty:  Join Olmsted Performing Arts at our royal paradise at Journey Church, 6941 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls for dinner (6:00 pm on May 11th, 18th, & 19th  – $25/person) or breakfast (10:30 am on May 12th & 19th – $20/person).  Your experience includes breakfast (French toast, scrambled eggs, and sausage) or dinner (chicken parmigiana, pasta, salad, and dinner rolls), a 30-45 minute floor show, photo opportunities, and a chance to meet Ariel, Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Pochahontas, and the OPA Disney Dancers.  Enjoy Premium VIP seating and a private dining area for an additional $5 per ticket.  Advance tickets only.  Children under age 2 are free if they share a plate with an adult.  Purchase tickets  at www.olmstedperformingarts.com  or in person at our box office at the Olmsted Community Center, 8170 Mapleway Drive, Olmsted Falls.  This event will sell out.  Details are available at http://www.olmstedperformingarts.com/youthTheater.php.

SAVE THE DATE!  RELAY FOR LIFE 2012 – June 9TH – 10TH AT OLMSTED FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – Welcome back to another great season of Relay For Life! This year promises to be bigger than ever! We have had such a great turn out in the past, that we have been honored to host a huge research study (CPS3) on site at this year’s event, and again our teams are developing for the big day! Please consider joining us on our 24 hour journey; come for the fun activities, the great entertainment, the moving ceremonies, the fireworks, the mission, and the camaraderie! If you are interested in volunteering or forming a team, visit our website for more information. If you are interested in learning more about the on-site “Cancer Prevention Study (CS3), see the “Cancer Prevention Study 3 in Olmsted Falls” link on our website or e-mail Cps3inolmstedfalls@gmail.com.  Be a part of the “Best Birthday Party Ever…Across the Nation” and make a difference in our own community! To read the latest issue of the Olmsted Relay for Life newsletter including a list of local contacts, please click here.

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  1. Kerri Conder
    March 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Curious why Olmsted Falls Middle School Drama clubs presentations have not been mentioned for the last 3 years but the community OPA is featured in the newsletter? Joy Kiedrowski works very hard with our children & I feel she should be recognized for her dedication.

    • Kim Petrina - Communications Director
      March 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Hello Mrs. Conder,

      Thank you for your comment. We do our very best to cover as wide a variety of events happening throughout our schools as possible. With limited staff dedicated to communications – really just me – we rely heavily on submissions from staff, teachers, coaches, parents, etc. to provide the details that allow us to promote and share all the great things happening in our District each week. Mrs. Kiedrowski does indeed do an outstanding job with our Middle School students, and I have had the pleasure of personally attending past dress rehearsals of their drama performances in conjunction with promotions for upcoming shows. (Please see blog archive for October 2011 for most recent coverage of our Middle School Drama Club.) We will certainly plan to continue promoting future performances of the Middle School Drama Club as we have in the past in the main section of our weekly blog. Non-school events, submitted by outside community organizations (such as OPA), are covered in the community section located at the end of each published blog.

  2. mike
    March 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Why is there no mention of the High School Honors banquet which was held on March 8, 2012. I hope I just merely miss it, but doesn’t look like it. With all of the taxes that we pay, we should at least recognize their achievements. After all isn’t the reason why we pass a tax levy was for education or was it just an excuse?

  3. March 22, 2012 at 8:05 am


    The High School Honors banquet was featured on the March 14th blog. Please see below for the article highlighting this great event.

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